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HTC and Apple end their patent feud with a “global settlement”

In a rather surprising fashion, Apple and HTC have settled their patent disputes. The two companies have reached a “global settlement” with confidential terms, which dismisses all their current lawsuits. The agreement includes all current and future patents held by the two giants and will extend over the next ten years.

Naturally, both companies’ CEOs issued a statement on the matter. Here’s what Peter Chou from HTC had to say:

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Tim Cook says “Apple would never make a 7-inch tablet, they’re not good products”

Yesterday, a nice little sound clip from Steve Jobs talking on a 2010 earnings call was creating some buzz (and snickers) from people around the net. Why? Because during the call, Mr. Jobs mentions why Apple would never make a 7-inch tablet. Of course, this led to discussions on how Tim Cook is running Apple into the ground, going against Steve Jobs’ wishes. Crazy stuff like that. Well, today Apple held their earnings call were Tim Cook decided to clarify on Apple’s position with 7-inch tablets. Did he backtrack? Not quite — according to him, the iPad Mini isn’t 7-inches. Duh! In your face. Take that, logic!

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Remembering Steve Jobs one year after his passing

On this day last year Steve Jobs passed away. The news took us and most of the press by surprise. Everyone knew Apple’s chief executive wasn’t doing well, but he managed to keep his life private until his very last moments.

He left Apple at a good shape and that is not surprising, but what few could suspect was the quick and huge sales success of the iPhone and iPad that followed soon after that made the company the world’s largest firm by a huge margin. Recently, Apple flirted with $700 price per share and a market cap exceeding $650 billion. This was no coincidence.

The thought that he isn’t going to make it much longer might have crossed Steve Jobs’ mind the first time he heard his diagnosis of a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004. In the following years Apple introduced groundbreaking new products like the MacBook Air, the iPhone, and the iPad, all of which changed or created an industry.

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Tim Cook apologizes: “We Are Extremely Sorry” about Apple Maps

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook proved once again that the company under him is taking a different course when it comes to admitting mistakes. He did the right thing today, went out and said “We Are Extremely Sorry”  about the half-baked Apple Maps that have been the source of endless fun for the competition lately.

Tim Cook apologizes:

As far as that competition goes, Tim Cook even points to a couple of alternatives you can use, while Apple works feverishly on improving its brand new area of expertise, which was born after the fight with the Mountain View crew over integrating turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps on iOS.